NHL salary caps are up for grabs this season and there are already plenty of reasons to start considering them.
For starters, it’s the first season in which the NHL will have a new player payroll and the salary cap has become a hot topic.
While the new cap does not include the new players, there are a number of reasons why players like Alex Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos, Jakub Voracek and Patrick Kane will make the salary-cap team.
For instance, Ovechtkin is coming off a career year and has a lot of cap space, while Voraceck is in the prime of his career and has played very well over the past two seasons.
Kane and Stamkos are both in their prime years and the money is on the line as they enter their final years of their deals.
Here’s a look at the top 10 players who will be making an appearance on the cap next season: 1.
Tyler Seguin (CGY): $6.5 million cap hit 2.
Victor Hedman (EDM): $4.5m cap hit 3.
Erik Karlsson (ARI): $3.75m cap charge 4.
Alex Olesz (WSH): $2.5M cap hit 5.
Tomas Plekanec (MTL): $1.25m cap-hit 6.
Brad Marchand (MTl): $900,000 cap hit 7.
Jaromir Jagr (PHX): $800,000 Cap Hit 8.
Evgeni Malkin (BUF): $775,000 9.
Joe Thornton (DEN): $765,000 10.
Matt Duchene (WPG): $750,000 As mentioned above, the new player pool also includes a number in the $6 million to $6,000 million range, which will not only add a new team-friendly salary cap but also provide a significant boost to the salary pools of players like Nicklas Backstrom, Nikita Kucherov and Ryan Miller.
This is an important addition that will be used to fill out the cap in a big way.
As mentioned earlier, some of the other additions will also make a big difference to the teams cap situation.
For example, defenseman Victor Hedeman will be a big addition for the Rangers, as the 23-year-old will not be on the active roster for the season and he will have his first full NHL season in the future.
Hedman will join the Rangers at the start of next season and his $5.5.25 million cap number will make him the fourth highest-paid defenseman on the team behind Ryan McDonagh ($5.75 million), Keith Yandle ($5 million) and Ryan McDavid ($5,500,000).
Hedman, who has played in the KHL for the past five seasons, will join a group of players who have made the jump from AHL to NHL.
The other big addition on the Rangers roster is forward Tomas Plekhanen, who is coming back from injury after missing the last two seasons and will be back with the club for the 2017-18 season.
Plek Hanenen, a 26-year old Russian, will play in his third NHL season and will join an already strong group of forwards that include Mark Fistric ($5M), Jaromír Jagr ($4.25M), Daniel Sedin ($4M), and Henrik Sedin (all $5M).
Plek is one of the top offensive forwards in the league and will help bolster the Rangers’ scoring and will also provide some much-needed leadership to the young Rangers blueline.
The addition of Plek will be key for the team, as it will be the first time that he will play for a team in his second NHL season.
As for the other five players who made the roster, the biggest additions will be defenseman Erik Karlsök ($4 million) who was acquired from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for defenseman Anthony DeAngelo ($4,250,000) and forward Alexei Emelin ($2.75M).
The addition to the top line of Andrei Markov ($4m) and Mark Stone ($2 million) will also help bolster a team that struggled offensively last season.
The rest of the roster will be bolstered by the signing of forward Ryan McPhee ($1.75 M) and defenseman Adam Larsson ($1 million).
McPheese and Larsson are a great pair of players and McPherson and Larss will be important contributors to the team in the near future.
The most intriguing addition to this group will be goaltender Anton Khudobin ($1M), who has been with the Rangers for three seasons and is entering his second year in the NHL.
Khud is entering the prime years of his NHL career and his contract is set to expire at the end of the